Funding Opportunities

Becoming a well-rounded student includes developing experience inside and outside the classroom. As such, several funds have been established to help students participate in initiatives that are non-academic in nature, such as coordinating events for other students, for travel, and to attend conferences while enrolled at the University of Guelph. Respective contact information or documents have been listed below each funding description:

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Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF)

Recognized student organizations and clubs, registered students, and University departments are eligible to apply for a SLEF grant. Funds are designed specifically for non-academic initiatives on or off campus, and are allocated to support participating in or providing initiatives designed to enrich the student experience. There are two opportunities to submit applications to the Student Life Enhancement Fund each academic year.


Student Volunteer Subsidies

Student Volunteer Connections (SVC) aims to reduce barriers to volunteering, and each year allocates a portion of its budget to help make volunteering more accessible. By subsidizing some of the associated costs with local volunteering, SVC aims to promote, support, and foster student volunteerism. Subsidies are available in the Fall and Winter Semesters. The application deadline is on the 40th class day of the semester, and the successful applicants will receive their funding on the last day of classes. 

More information and link to Application form
If you have questions, email or phone 519-824-4120 x58104.


Gordon Nixon Leadership Award

Funds were established in recognition of Gordon Nixon and his outstanding contributions in supporting student life, alumni activities, and fundraising at the University. This is an annual grant with funding of up to $10,000 made available to one or more campus-based student organization(s).


Student Financial Services - Travel Grants

Student Financial Services is committed to seeing that Guelph students have the opportunity to experience different cultures and communities and provide experiences to enhance learning experiences. Travel Grants are used to offset additional costs like airfare, vaccinations and travel insurance costs that are associated with travelling.


Student Government Funding


Gryphons Care

Calling all University of Guelph faculty, staff and students. Do you have a great idea that will improve life and make the University an even better place? Apply for support of up to $2,000 from Gryphons Care donors.

Visit the Alumni & Development website for more information about Gryphons Care.